Connect with us


Lalvani raps lack of govt support



Lalvani raps lack of govt support | Thaiger

BANGKOK: Mega-investor Gulu Lalvani has again criticized the Thai government’s failure to wholeheartedly support the development of recreational boating in Thailand, arguing that it is giving neighboring countries an edge. Referring to Malaysia’s aggressive promotion of Langkawi as a destination for this kind of top-end tourism, Kuala Lumpur’s imaginative legislative approach and the huge investment that has poured in as a result, Mr Lalvani told reporters, “Dr Mahathir’s policies have made Langkawi – a duty-free island nowhere near as beautiful as Phuket – a flourishing center of regional marine activity, at Phuket’s expense.” Mr Lalvani was speaking at a press conference held to officially launch this year’s King’s Cup Regatta and to announce that his electronics company, Binatone, and his Royal Phuket Marina Resort & Spa have signed up as principal sponsors of the event. Building up marine activity “means jobs for local people”, said Mr Lalvani, appearing baffled as to why Thai authorities seem uninterested. “Places like Turkey, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Florida, whole stretches of Australia – and now Malaysia – have built their tourist economies on high-spending, recreational boating and shunned the alternative of ever-cheaper, ecologically damaging, mass package tourism. “While the Thai authorities appear to see yachts as a means of earning large sums in importation taxes from a very few wealthy people, the reality is that the countries mentioned above thrive largely on chartering – ordinary people who prefer to spend their vacation peacefully exploring islands by sailboat, rather than crammed into bulging resorts with inadequate infrastructure. “Not a single one of those economies blossomed until the country’s government saw the light,” said Mr Lalvani. “Marine tourism only thrives where government regulations and taxes support boat ownership. “And the growth of an event like the King’s Cup Regatta into a world-class event will always be restricted, despite the fine efforts of its organizers, until the same conditions apply. “I believe that, with the right attitudes at all levels in the community, and the right government policies in place, Phuket can and will become the yachting capital of Asia. And I want to be a part, just like the King’s Cup, of making that happen,” said Mr Lalvani. “Being the King’s Cup principal sponsor makes a lot of sense for us,” Mr Lalvani told reporters. “I believe that the King’s Cup has all the ingredients to become a world-class event, like Antigua Week in the Caribbean, Australia’s Hamilton Race Week and Ireland’s Cork Week, or even England’s Cowes Week.” Other sponsors for the regatta, which takes place from November 30 to December 7, include the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Kata Group, American Express Bank, QBE, House of Kangaroo (Europe), Sunsail, the Evason Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Island Beer, Mom Tri’s Boathouse, TQPR (Thailand), Nautica, Land-Rover Thailand, Phuket Magazine, BJC and Coca-Cola. To date, 57 boats are confirmed as competitors in the 2002 event. Organizers expect that number to rise to around 100.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Transport10 mins ago

Last jumbo – the last Boeing 747 leaves the gate

Weather11 mins ago

Bangkok could hit lows of 18°C next week

Thailand18 mins ago

Geminids meteor shower predicted to hit Thailand on December 14 

Sponsored1 day ago

Top 5 Backlink Agencies in Bangkok for Your Business

Crime32 mins ago

Kuwaiti overstayer busted in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Thailand39 mins ago

What next for Bali as Indonesia bans sex?

Thailand59 mins ago

Jailed politician erects billboard to wish voters Happy New Year

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand1 hour ago

Beastly reptile crocs the world of small village in southern Thailand

Pattaya2 hours ago

Pattaya officials continue to struggle with homeless problem

Thailand2 hours ago

Thaiger Unfiltered Ask Us Anything

Crime2 hours ago

Fifteen drug smugglers shot dead after gunfight with Thai soldiers in Chiang Mai

Lifestyle2 hours ago

Bird watching event coming up at Thai forest park

World3 hours ago

Public executions return to Afghanistan

Thailand3 hours ago

TABBA requests 4am closing time during festive season

Press Room3 hours ago

Ayasan Service application provides one-stop home-cleaning services at the tip of your fingers

World4 hours ago

Czech man behind trans Thai refugee attack avoids Paris trial

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11